Prehistory to Pompeii: Archaeology in Ancient Italy - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Non-Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as HST340 Prehistory to Pompeii: Archaeology in Ancient Italy.

This unit examines Italian archaeology from the Late Bronze Age until the early Imperial period. Topics selected for particular attention include the Villanovan phase; early Rome; the Etruscan civilisation; the early Greek settlements in Italy; the interactions of Etruscans, Greeks and Phoenicians; the impact of Greek and Roman culture on the indigenous peoples of the Italian peninsula, and the archaeology of Pompeii from prehistoric times until its burial in AD79.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand and discuss methodological and cultural aspects of Italian archaeology
  2. use archaeological evidence for their own research and to assess the conclusions of others
  3. undertake effective analysis of primary data
  4. think independently
  5. write with a convincing analytical style of argumentation.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Participation — Tutorial participation (10%)
  • Tutorial Paper (10%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • HST340 — Prehistory to Pompeii: Archaeology in Ancient Italy

It is advisable to study at least eight units at Level 1 before you start this Level 3 unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Developments in Italian archaeology
2The late Bronze Age: indigenous cultures and the Mycenaeans
3The early Iron Age: the Villanovan phase
4Early Rome
5Pithecusae - an early Greek settlement
6Phoenicians in the West
7Etruscan civilisation: an overview
8Etruscan Caere and Tarquinia
9Greek colonisation in the west: an overview
10Greek Metapontion and Poseidonia
11Pompeii's foundation and early development; Roman Pompeii
12Pompeii's ecology and economy

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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